The Tamar Valley is one of those undiscovered places in Tasmania which is often overlooked - and yet is a gem of a place, with plenty to do and unique places to stay! What's more it's one of the world's finest cool climate wine regions.
Don't get us started on the wine! We're here to give you the insider tips on where to stay if you're of a mind to spend a few heady days hanging around in the Tamar, taking in the scenery, feeding your curious and generally soaking up the tranquillity.
These are the spots that we think offer you the chance to get a little bit off the beaten path for something a bit different. You could be off the grid, in the bush or on the farm - you'll definitely see the real Tassie if you stay in the Tamar Valley!
"This place and this farm is now part of our identity as a family. We've worked incredibly hard to build our herd and our business. It is nothing short of heartbreaking to think of it being gone overnight, and the farm falling silent."
It's been a turbulent week. On Tuesday we heard that JBS, the conglomerate that runs the abattoir we use at Devonport, would close on 15th November.
Just use another abattoir, you might think? Well, no. There is only one abattoir in the north of Tasmania which handles pigs. There is an abattoir at Cressy, which is a suitable distance away from our farm and well placed for the sector just south of Launceston, but it has Halal certification which is important part of its business, so it doesn't slaughter pigs.
This leaves us high and dry. There is really no viable alternative that we could use. To our knowledge there are a couple of small abattoirs in the south of the state, but that is far too great a distance to transport pigs. We could not afford the travel time it would take to get there and back once a fortnight. It would add a time and financial cost to our business that lessened its already parlous viability. And it would be a completely unacceptable practice to us - we choose to farm and keep our livestock as kindly and ethically as we can and we do not want to transport them long distances before slaughter.
For this reason we would not go for the alternative that some larger farms might, of shipping our pigs across the Bass Strait to be slaughtered on the mainland. What an appalling thought.